@teachthought #reflectiveteacher 30 day challenge, oops. Well I didn’t get day 5 done, it was to take a pic of your classroom and share what you see and what you don’t see. I have been in my room lots, but can never remember to take any pics. Maybe tomorrow. 🙂
Day 6 What does a good mentor do? In my opinion a good mentor challenges you to be a better teacher. There are many ways this can be done, for me personally, I like mentors that ask questions of me causing me to think deeply about my teaching and how I can better reach my students. A mentor brings me new ideas to try in my room, but reigns me in so I don’t try to do everything at once. I spend my summer finding great, new things to try in my classroom, but have a hard time sustaining all of them. Another “job” of the mentor is to be a good listener, not only to what I am saying, but what I am not saying. They can offer advice when I am struggling and share a laugh to cheer me up when things aren’t going so well.
Day 7 Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why? This is a really hard one for me to answer because I have so many people that inspire me that I can’t pick just one. However, this year has been one of my favorite starts to a school year and I think it is due to my math department at Armand. Anne, Dave, & Chelsea have been inspiring me since we first got together in August. They are willing to help out with Google docs, lesson plans, or just a good laugh. They make going to work each day fun and I know we are going to do great things this year.